Federal Waterhole - SA

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  Tourist Attraction


DEG: -26.30751 135.198547
DMS: 26º 18' 27.04" S 135º 11' 54.77" E
UTM: 53 J 7090245mN 519818mE
Altitude: 172.2m


Place Type

Recreation - Tourist Attraction


101.5kms SouthEast of Finke (Aputula)
139.86kms North of Oodnadatta
191.43kms NorthEast of Marla
418.05kms West of Birdsville

Address & Contact

Witura National Park
South Australia
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While there is nothing left standing of Federal, a lovely homestead standing in a small pastoral lease used to be in this spot. The carefully tended gardens are in total ruin but the partially buried, upside down old beer bottles almost define the outline of what was once a lovely homestead with extenstive garden beds.

R. B. Plowman, who wrote The Man from Oodnadatta, described Federal as "...a small cottage homestead literally embowered in creepers, trees and shrubs. A wealth of flowers, grape and cucumber vines, useful and ornamental creepers, extensive lawns, vegetables in profusion, and fruit- trees of many kinds, throve and made a wonderful scene."

The nearby waterhole today attracts birdlife.
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Closest Weather Station

Oodnadatta at 23/07:00am CST
Distance from Federal Waterhole 140.8km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Oodnadatta Airport
Distance from Federal Waterhole 140.8km S
Mean Max. °C37.936.633.728.523.219.919.622.126.630.333.736.3
Mean Min. °C23.022.319.
Mean Rain mm22.932.214.310.912.711.710.08.19.913.913.017.1

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